Location: Southern Romania Elevation: 190 - 295 ft (55 - 90 m) Size: City of Bucharest - 88 sq.miles (228 sq.km); Bucharest Metropolitan area - 587 sq.miles (1,521 sq.km) Inhabited since: 500 BC First documented: 1459 AD Population: 1.921 milion Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means "joy." His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.
As one of Canada’s last major metropolitan centres to implement a district energy system, its construction within the downtown cores underground pedestrian walkway network will enable civic and privately-owned buildings to utilize a system that can potentially provide long-term economic and environmental benefits.
“Putting in a new district energy system and retrofitting it in a downtown core is a highly-challenging prospect, due largely to access to land for the Energy Centre and installation of the thermal pipeline network,” says Jan de Wolde, Director of District and Community Energy with ENMAX.
Initially it will provide 20 megawatts of thermal energy capable of heating about five million square feet of space or the equivalent of about 10 buildings and have the potential to increase the capacity to 60 megawatts.
ENMAX is going beyond the scope of its conventional business and driving out value to the community with more responsible energy generation and distribution.
“Edmonton is a very unique City given its population density and climate.
Buildings need lots of heat for many months of the year and yet it’s actually one of the last large municipal cities within Canada to have a district energy system.The downtown core has increased in density, buildings have aged to the point now where there’s a core of potential customers and buildings to connect and sustain a district energy system.ENMAX has engaged with the City of Edmonton and City Council to continue to push this initiative forward.In Canada, District Energy Systems heat millions of square feet of commercial, residential, and institutional space.ENMAX currently operates a 55 megawatts District Energy System in Calgary and is looking to leverage its success and add the City of Edmonton to this list.Edmonton is one of the last large municipalities in Canada to enjoy the benefits of a District Energy system but that may soon change thanks to the efforts of City of Edmonton and ENMAX.